Over time high blood sugar levels in Diabetics cause damage to nerves and blood vessels.
Nerve damage in the feet increases risk of injury because of a decrease or loss of pain sensation. A diabetic may not be aware that an injury has occurred as they may not have any feeling to alert them that something is wrong.
Damaged blood vessels cause circulation problems which prevent continuous blood flow to toes and feet and can result in cuts, blisters, or wounds that are slow to heal or that do not heal at all.
Diabetic socks are designed to reduce the risk of injury, keep skin dry, and increase circulation to the feet. They are an important part of foot care and help prevent infections and amputation of toes and feet.
CHARACTERISTICS OF DIABETIC SOCKS:
- Moisture wicking material draws moisture away from the skin keeping feet dry and preventing formation of blisters and wounds.
- Antifungal and antimicrobial properties from copper or silver infused yarn to help prevent infections.
- White color of socks allows for increased awareness of bleeding or draining cuts or wounds.
- Padding at the heels, toes, or under the balls of the feet prevent blisters and injury.
- Seamless feature along the toe reduces the risk of rubbing and formation of blisters and ulcers.
- Non-elastic binding prevents restriction of blood flow and improves circulation which keeps feet warm and promotes healing.
If you have any concerns call Westchester Foot Care to schedule an evaluation today.